Reader reviews for A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

Very easy to read. May be it is possible to read this for one day if you don't have anything to do but patient. I found whole books of this series in a library.
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Although this book has been out a long time I had not yet read it. A while back I had seen the movie version of the book. It was a similar tale from the "A Series of Unfortunate Events". The story begins with the Baudelaire children(Violet-14 Klaus-12 and Sunny-Infant girl) having to live with their strange, eccentric uncle Count Olaf when their parents tragically die. His home is in complete disrepair and his only reason to have the children stay with him is to rob them of their inheritance. He gives the children impossible tasks and chores to perform such as making a dinner for his friends who are coming over. Then he comes up with a diabolical plan of marrying the sister who is only 14 which is legally possible since he is the guardian.This is a popular book for middle school and this series is often requested and it is difficult to have enough copies.
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I was sadly disappointed by this book. I absolutely love dark and absurdist humor, and I expected this to be right up my street. Unfortunately, it's not funny. It's just mean- and not mean enough to swing back around to absurd. I can get behind an author torturing his characters for fun, but it isn't fun. It's boring, and the story's just not well written enough as a straight novel to keep trudging through it.It's entirely possible that I just don't get it, but I think this is a series I can safely skip.
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This book series is nothing like the movie. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots details and very witty humor within its binding. There is a greater story being told here. The book is not only about the Baudelaire orphans but also about the author, Lemony Snicket. From what we can gather Lemony Snicket is trying to tell the story of the Baudelaire orphans but somebody does not want the story told. He is communicating with an accomplice who will get the story published while Lemony is doing the detective work. He leaves secret messages for his accomplice to find and hints throughout his writings about a great tragedy which happened in his own life with his beloved Beatrice. It will be very interesting to see not only what happens to the Baudelaire Orphans but also to the man who is telling their story.
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After the death of their parents, the Baudelaire orphans face a terrible man, or a admirable I call, called Count Olaf. Count tries to steal the Baudelaire fortune.
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This story is about three children who have unfortunate events. This story is mainly about how there parents perish in a fire and how there three times put out uncle named Count Olaf takes them in and treats them in dismay. Many can relate because this story can happen to anyone.
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I received a set of Lemony Snicket books this past Christmas (2006), much to my delight.This is not the typical children's fiction book that resolves in a happy ending.The book lives up to its claim of a series of unfortunate events.At first, I was a bit taken aback by the amount of gloom and doom in this book.But, after some thought, I realized that this book is quite relevant and of possible therapeutic value for children who must survive the constant upheavals of living in the foster care system. The protagonists show their heroism by recognizing when they are in trouble by using their intelligence and devotion to each other in order to escape their unbearable circumstances.This is not a book for every child, but certainly a book of great potential in the hands of a child living through difficult circumstances.
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'The Bad Beginning' is about the Baudelaire children, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus, whose parents die in a fire that burns down their entire house. Having no close living relatives, they fall into the hands of the nasty Count Olaf, who will do anything to get his hands on the money the Baudelaires' parents left to them for when Violet turns 16. Funny and engaging, with twisted humor at every turn. This is book one in a series of 13. The series is very funny and well-written. Ages 9 and up. Reviewed by Lydia Twombly-Hussey.
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A very slow, boring start to an otherwise good series.
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This is the beginning of a truly dreadful masterpiece. If you like stories about orphans who have to get through life with their sheer wits then this a book for you.
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